Showing posts from December, 2018

Elements of Digital Citizenship - A Reflection

The proliferation of new forms of technology and media in the 21st century, such as smartphones and social media, has left us in a new age of innovation in our lifestyles, bringing with it a digital world. The natives of this new world are Generation Z, the generation born around the turn of the millenium and the years after. They have always known a world where technology was integrated into daily life and are faced with new challenges previous generations did not have to face. To meet these challenges of membership in the digital s paces of this new world they inhabit, they need to develop a new skill set, that of digital citizenship. I would define digital citizenship as the  application of principles that impact digital lifestyles, habits, consumptions and interactions in order to sustain and improve digital communities (Heick, 2018; Ohler, 2011; Ribble, 2015). Ribble (2015) discussed how digital citizenship needs to be modelled, promoted and cultivated in students at all

Cyberbullying - A Reflection on a Societal Issue

Take A Stand Against Cyberbullying ( CC BY 4.0 ) by.i.s.b.e.i.g.e. In the social media age, cyber bullying has become an issue of great significance that has to be addressed not only by educators, but by our societal leaders. Cyberbullying can be defined as willful, repeated and aggressive acts conducted by an individual or a group over electronic media, in a situation of social power imbalance, intended to cause intimidation, embarrassment and emotional distress in a victim who cannot easily defend themselves. Cyberbullying needs to be addressed not only within the context of students and the educational system, but also as a societal concern that affects our health, wellness, relationships, and public discourse. Given that a large proportion of cyberbullying victims do not even know the identity of their bully/bullies due to the anonymity provided by electronic media, laws and regulations against cyberbullying, while important, are not enough to stop it. In addition to laws and

Educators and Mass Media - A Reflection

" Copyright Symbols " ( CC BY 2.0 ) by  MikeBlogs As educators we need to be mindful when using the work of others, and also appropriately model this to our students. This is part of practicing and modeling ethical behavior, which is important to the idea of citizenship, both digital and not. The two major behaviors we need to avoid when using works created by others are plagiarism and copyright infringement. Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's work as your own and not giving them credit. Plagiarism can be  a word for word duplication of another person's work or using their ideas in your own work without giving them credit. Copyright infringement is when a work that is under protection of copyright law is used without the permission and compensation to the copyright holder, infringing of the rights granted to them by the copyright. While both these acts can be thought of as fraudulent and unethical behaviors, copyright infringement is illegal a

Understanding the Impact of Technology - A Reflection

The proliferation of internet connected devices and digital media has made technology an integral part of contemporary life in the developed world, with practically every daily human endeavor having the ability to being augmented by technology. As we benefit from the presence of technology in the various facets of our lives, we also need to be aware of the issues of digital footprints, access, and the effects of technology on our behavior and well-being. Communication and the sharing of information has been revolutionized by social media; we can synchronously connect with other individuals from anywhere in the world. This has given us unprecedented access to information and to each other, affecting many fields, including business, education, and healthcare. A lay person can easily connect with a leader in any field on Twitter, creating a type of access and interaction that was impossible before social media. Using social media, the average person can express their views publicly the sa